Indian politician accused of rape is publicly beaten and stripped by mob of angry women
Congress Party member Bikram Singh Brahma was beaten, slapped and had his shirt ripped off after being arrested and charged with rape, police said.
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As five men were formally charged in a New Delhi court with the gang rape and murder of a medical student, several angry women took justice into their own hands after another alleged assault about 1,200 miles away in India's Assam state.
Bikram Singh Brahma, a member of the Congress Party in Assam and president of a district Congress committee, was arrested Thursday and charged with rape, police said.
After word of the accusation got out, a group of women in Chirang district publicly slapped and beat the 54-year-old man, pulling off his shirt and bashing him repeatedly across the head. The lashing was caught on video by local media.
Brahma's car was also damaged, The Hindu newspaper reported.
The mob justice in Assam came after days of nationwide protests demanding the government do more to protect women against sexual violence following the Dec. 16 gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in New Delhi. The victim died two weeks later, and five men face the death penalty for her murder.
A rape is reported in India every 20 minutes.
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Brahma was accused of attacking the woman Wednesday night while staying at her family's house, police said. Her husband allegedly walked in on the assault. "A rape has been committed and the accused has been arrested on rape charge," Inspector-General of Police G.P. Singh told The Hindu.
It was unclear how Brahma has responded to the accusations against him, but his son has accused the victim and her husband of criminal conspiracy and theft, Daily News India reported.